Team news vs Derry City
We begin a busy week as we head north to face Derry City in a re-arranged match in the SSE Airtricity League.
This week sees us kick off our UEFA Europa League campaign against Molde FK on Thursday however before that we have league matters to attend to.
On Friday we were held to a 0-0 draw by Bohemians at Oriel Park in our first match at Oriel n a fortnight and that followed a 2-0 win over Cork City.
This will be the second meeting with Derry City this season and that was after an opening night 1-0 victory at Oriel back in February.
This clash was supposed to take place in the first week of September however due to international call ups on to the Northern Irish U21 side it was postponed until now.
The end of season is approaching and we have four games left to play, two of those are back matches as we aim to finish in the European places.
Such is the schedule, this is our third match of five in 12 days with Norwegian champions Molde up next in Europe before we travel to Waterford next Sunday in the league.
How can I follow it?
The match kicks off at the earlier time of 5.45 p.m. on Friday evening at Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium and we will be carrying updates on official social media streams – @DundalkFC on Twitter, Dundalk FC on Facebook and dundalkfc_ on Instagram also. The post-match reaction will be available on all streams.
The match is being broadcast on WATCHLOI, the SSE Airtricity League’s new streaming platform which will deliver top-flight football to supporters in Ireland and around the world. Sign up at watchloi.ie.
Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians are the top two with the Lilywhites in third a point ahead of Waterford however we do have two games in hand. St. Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers come next ahead of opponents Derry City and Shelbourne. Finn Harps and Cork City continue to occupy the bottom two places.
How did we get on last week?
We had two matches – one on Tuesday and then on Friday – and in the first we were 2-0 winners over Cork City at Turner’s Cross. Patrick Hoban was the hero as he struck two late goals to give us all three points. On Friday evening, we welcomes Bohemians to Oriel Park and they held us to a scoreless draw despite having the majority of the play.
Rob Harvey will be the man in the middle with Alan Sherlock and Darren Corcoran assisting him. Michael Connolly will be fourth official.
Filippo Giovagnoli will be without the services of Dane Massey once more as he continues his recovery from a hip injury. Wingers Nathan Oduwa and Daniel Kelly are rated as doubtful after they suffered muscle injuries during Friday evening’s draw however Darragh Leahy should be available for selection after his return from international duty with the Ireland U21’s..
We have already met Derry City this year…
We have and it was on the opening night of the season, none other than St. Valentine’s Day and we took all three points on February 14th thanks to Dane Massey’s strike.
2019 v Derry City
We met on six occasions in 2019 and we were winners on 3 occasions outright but all had been entertaining encounters. The first was a 2-0 win for us at the Brandywell back in March with Sean Murray and Hoban on the scoresheet. The next were a pair of 2-2 draws first at Oriel and second in Derry with the Candystripes recovering on both occasions to claim a point. The last meeting 3 weeks ago at the Brandywell was another thriller and this time in the extra.ie FAI Cup where we came out on top 3-2 after extra-time. We twice took the lead through Daniel Kelly and Daniel Cleary however we were pegged back on both occasions by Greg Sloggett and Darren McCauley. Georgie was the hero though as he popped up in extra-time with a priceless header to send us through on the night. The EA SPORTS Cup final was played a the Brandywell also and after a 2-2 draw in 120 minutes, Chris Shields netted the winning penalty in the shootout to give us the trophy. Daniel Kelly scored the only goal in our October meeting at Oriel Park to round off the meetings between us in 2019.
Last 10 meetings with Derry City (All competitions)
14.02.2020 (LGE) Dundalk 1-0 Derry City (Massey 76)
04.10.2019 (LGE) Dundalk 1-0 Derry City (D. Kelly 64)
14.09.2019 (LCUP) Derry City 2-2 Dundalk (Parkhouse 3, Ozokwe 51; Duffy 38, Gannon 68)
23.08.2019 (FCUP) Derry City 2-3 Dundalk (Sloggett 51, McCauley 84; D. Kelly, Cleary 53, G. Kelly 53)
05.07.2019 (LGE) Derry City 2-2 Dundalk (Parkhouse 41, Junior 90; G. Kelly 57, Hoban 90)
03.05.2019 (LGE) Dundalk 2-2 Derry City (Hoban 51. 60; Cole 68. Stokes pen 81)
15.03.2019 (LGE) Derry City 0-2 Dundalk (Murray 37, Hoban pen 52)
25.09.2018 (LGE) Dundalk 3-2 Derry City (Cleary 16, McEleney 20, Hoban 44; Jarvis OG 70, Fisk 89)
15.06.2018 (LGE) Derry City 0-4 Dundalk (Benson 41, Connolly 62, Hoban 74, Duffy 82)
15.05.2018 (LGE) Derry City 1-4 Dundalk (Cole 12; Gartland 28, Benson 33, Duffy 50, Adorján 90)